Ehretia anacua      
Sandpaper tree    
Boraginaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


Ehretia anacua
Sandpaper tree

Form: rounded tree or woody shrub
Seasonality: usually evergreen; leaves may turn brown and drop after hard frost
Size: 15-20ft with equal spread
Leaves: bright green, oval, ruffled margin; underside has distinct, rough, sandpaper feel
Flowers: small white clusters
Fruit: yellow berries
Stems/Trunks: rough, gray
Range/Origin: Southern Texas, Northern Mexico
Hardiness: hardy


yellow berries
close-up of berries
on Sandpaper tree


Ehretia anacua as shrub
Ehretia anacua in shrubby form


Research by Master Gardener Toni Moore


also known as Anaqua
Sandpaper tree bark
Ehretia anacua bark
leaf close-up
leaf form

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